Makeup tricks to slim your face: How to hide puffiness and the holiday bloat
From nay to slay
Disclaimer: We're for body positivity and self-love. We believe that women should embrace and appreciate their bodies — perfections, imperfections and all. But the truth is, we have days we don't feel like Beyoncé. Crazy, right? Maybe it's that time of the month (thanks, Aunt Flow) and your wacky hormones are making you bloat everywhere. Or you cried your eyes out binge-watching Queer Eye. Or the pandan gula melaka cake at Violet Oon's was so insatiable, you had two slices... before you got home and dipped your fingers in the Christmas cookie jar. No judgement; that was us last week because 'tis but the season to treat yourself. What you don't have time (nor will) to lose at the gym, you can cloak with good makeup. Want to chisel your way to a skinnier visage and fake supermodel cheekbones even if you don't feel like a million bucks?
This way please:
Get on with the contour
The basic principle of contouring is that light comes forward and the dark recedes. For killer cheekbones, make a kissy face (it's alright, no one's looking) and apply contour powder in the hollows of your cheeks. Then dust highlighter to the top of your cheekbones to reduce the puffiness. To define your jawline, sweep the same contour powder from ear to ear and blend downwards towards the neck. Just remember: less is more.
Blush to sculpt
If you're intimidated by — or simply not into — contouring, try a blush shade with a slight brown undertone. Brush it just under your cheekbones up to the middle of each ear, and blend out towards the apples for a healthy glow. It works like contour, but the effects are less obvi, more I-almost-woke-up-like-this. Onlookers will be none the wiser.
Keep on strobing on
Strobing, which is essentially going all out with your highlighters, has less margin for error than contouring, shares makeup artist Wayne Goss to Refinery29. Apply on spots where light naturally hits your face — the bridge of the nose, the highest points of your cheekbones, over the arch of your brows, cupid's bow, and the middle of your forehead. Remember, light brings everything to the fore, so keep the highlighting to the centre of your face. Unless it's your Christmas wish to emulate a disco ball, to which we say, "Groove on!"
Play up your eyes
Arrest attention to the eyes to draw attention away from the rest of your face. Get those gorgeous peepers popping with a feline flick, sexy colours, and loads of mascara. Leave lips natural with nude shades; full lips can emphasise roundness!
Focus on your brows
It's a simple rule of proportions: small things on a large surface will only underscore fullness. Ergo, thick, arched brows will open your eyes, lift the cheekbones and slim your face instantly. Slightly longer ends will also help define your brows and give an illusion of a more oval appearance. Yay!